Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Lerkendal Stadion will host Thursday’s football game between Rosenborg and Sporting CP, the two teams who compete in Group D. The Norwegian outfit suffered a loss in each of their first three group games, meaning that they are desperate to grab something from the Sporting CP clash. The Lisbon Lions, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 3-2 loss to PSV, with the team beating LASK and Rosenborg in previous two group matches.
Sporting CP are more of a team than Rosenborg, and since they are in a fine form in the Primeira Liga, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the away team. A man to watch in Leonel Pontes’ team will be Brazilian attacker Luiz Phellype, who has found his form of late. When the two teams met in Lisbon two weeks ago, Sporting CP recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Rosenborg.
Highlighted Player (Birger Meling):
Born in Stavanger, Norway on December 17, 1994, Birger Meling is a defender who plays for Eliteserien club Rosenborg. Meling began his youth career at Viking back in 2000, but 13 years later he moved to English club Middlesbrough. However, the Norwegian footballer did not play for the Riverside Stadium outfit at senior level.
Meling started his senior career at Stabaek, but after scoring five goals in 57 appearances for the Blue Ones in the league, he moved to famous Norwegian club Rosenborg in the winter of 2017. Speaking of his international career, Meling made his debut with the Norway national team on November 11, 2017 in a 2-0 loss over North Macedonia.
The Rosenborg defender has six caps with Norway U21 team as well. His preferred foot is left, whilst his main position on the field is left-back. The 173-cm-tall footballer has a contract with Rosenborg, which should expire on December 31, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Sporting):
When it comes to official club members, Portugal giants Sporting Lisbon are the sixth club in the world. Commonly referred to as Leoes which is Portuguese for Lions, Sporting Lisbon were founded in 1906 and are one of the founders of the Primeira Liga.
Sporting’s main rivals are Benfica, with both teams contesting the Lisbon Derby, one of the most fierce ones in Europe. Lions play their games at Estadio Jose Alvelade in front of 50,000 people and are the third most successful club in the country with 46 titles in Portuguese competitions and a title in the European Cup Winner’s Cup from 1963-64.
During this time that is also known as the club’s golden years, Sporting Lisbon won the majority of their 18 Primeira Liga titles in total. Sporting Lisbon boasts the quality football youth academy system which has yielded world-class footballers such as Paulo Furte, Simao Sabrosa, Nani and Ballon d’Or winners Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo.